Words and Music by John C. Fogerty. Arranged by R. Ennis (Based on Kirby Shaw arrangement)
We are singing a classic from the 20th century – first recorded in 1968 by Creedence Clearwater Revival, an American rock band. Proud Mary was written by John Fogerty - the lead singer, lead guitarist, and songwriter. The song is about an old steamboat on the Mississippi River – written with everyday language of the time, like many of this band’s songs. Over the years the song has been covered by various artists performed with high energy from beginning to end!
Our arrangement is based on Ike & Tina Turner’s version and is something special, because it contains a spoken word intro by Tina Turner as a slow opening – then becomes a full-on rock song, wild and energetic. Tina Turner’s interpretation of the line "... pumped a lot of 'tane ..." – refers to "octane that is often found in fuel for vehicles.